Spring Term Second Half
As predicted it was an all action week last week. Our Year 4 had an amazing time at Edinburgh visiting Dynamic Earth, Camera Obscura and the Zoo. The children walked for miles and never grumbled once. See Year 4 class page for photos. The Year 4 children who stayed at school joined together with our Year 3 and they began work in preparation for Shakespeare week next week.
As part of British Science Week our Year 6 children experienced a day at Newcastle University on Wednesday (see Year 6 class page) and participated in a number of STEM challenges as well as enjoying a variety of scientific lectures, we hope through visits such as this that they will be inspired to continue into further education in the future.
On Thursday evening it was the final set of matches for the Duffy football league and although we didn't win the league of 15 schools (Well Done St. John Vianney) we showed true team spirit. The girls were fearless and both keepers did an amazing job on the night. I was so proud.
Finally it was red noses all round on Friday with some daft games in our Friday celebratory assembly. I am sure you all heard about Pie Face - thanks Mrs Sample!
It is going to be another busy week in and out of school. Our Year 4 children are off to Edinburgh by train for their overnight residential. It will be chilly at the train station and in Edinburgh so look out those hats, scarves and gloves. Back at school it is the final set of matches for the Duffy League on Thursday night. On Friday it is Red Nose Day, the children can wear a red nose with their uniform ready for a fun assembly on Friday afternoon.
It has been World Book Day and despite not dressing up this year the classes have been busy. Yesterday Year 4 completed a lesson via Skype with Cressida Cowell the author of How to Train Your Dragon. Waverley was one of a few schools world wide joining schools from Kenya, France, Canada and America who particiapted in the live interview. The children learnt how to draw Hiccup and Toothless. They even got a selfie at the end. Today Year 5 have been into Reception to read and share books with the younger children in school and this afternoon our Year 1 and 2 parents joined a come and read session with their children.
Welcome back I hope you had a lovely half term.
Today I have spoken with the older children (Year 3,4,5 and 6) about Momo. We take all types of safety seriously for the children in our care and we have discussed this in as sensitive a manner as possible. All staff have been available to support children with their questions and worries. I have sent a letter out to the whole school (see Letters to Parents section of the website) with further information from the National online safety website to support you all at home.
Spring Term First Half
This week our Year 1 and 2 children put in an amazing effort in the Dodgeball competition with schools in our Trust. Each game was super speedy with very little difference between points. We were proud to come third in this tough competition and the children were fantastic with many of the team excited to participate in their first competition. We held our first Valentines disco this week with Reception class joining us for the fun this time. The disco had a lovely atmosphere. Thank you everyone. Year 4 finished their Forest school sessions making dens and playing on the tree swing and hammock. Have a restful half term everyone as next half term is just as busy!
A note in advance we will be celebrating world book day but won't be dressing up in costumes this year, activities will be taking place across the week in school as it is also world maths day.
This week in school we launched the BBC Radio 2, 500 words short story writing competition. Many children across school have been stopping me in the corridor, yard and dining hall to tell me either their theme or to wave their ever evolving book of ideas. Mr Garrord wrote his own phenomenal 500 word piece to inspire others. It clearly has a hint of Phillip Pullman to the content. In classes and ICT lessons this week we have focused on internet safety as it has been Safer Internet week. We have lots of pamphlets in school for children and parents and we have an e-safety section on this website. If you need any advice please pop in and ask. In other news year 4 have enjoyed exploring the new Forest school site we have been using with Scotswood Rangers. On Tuesday we found a huge range of minibeasts, played our favourite 'Eagle Eye' game and finished off with some Forest bathing! Many thanks to Amber as we were very excited. There have been a huge number of children to my office to show me their fantastic school and homework and many children have been thrilled to share their impressive spelling results when I have been in classrooms this week. A reminder that Valentines Disco tickets are on sale this week.
Following on from last week I was thrilled to hear Waverley children achieved 3rd place in the OWL Trust Fencing competition and one pupil was awarded the coaches player of the competition. Well Done Team. Today in our weekly celebration assembly I told the school about the plans to further extend our already well established attendance shop. Children can collect a stamp a week in their new booklets and collect stamps to purchase a prize of their choice. Attendance at school from Rising 3 to Year 6 is extremely important. The Government National Average is 96.1%. Many classes fluctuate around this percentage. The school percentage can improve further by your assistance in this matter. Remember you have to be in to win!
This week I toured Lisa Robinson (Army Welfare Officer) around school, together we enjoyed seeing Nursery children making biscuits, Reception children experiencing a volcanic eruption with the help of Coca Cola and Mentos. We saw specialist music teachers from Tardis Education singing with Year 1, dance themed physical education with Premier Sports in Year 2. We had a flashback to our own childhoods with Narnia in year 3, we learned how we would not be able to fly Jet 2 direct to the Indus Valley in year 4 and year 5 and 6 were so studious we peeped through the window. Touring Lisa around school reminded me of how much the school has evolved and changed over the last 18 months. With your support and working together school continues to push forwards. We hope to re-open the school Twitter feed shortly in a further bid to get rapid communication messages to you all. We are holding our first ever Valentines Disco on the 13th February. A new Year 3 and 4 football club will begin on a Wednesday evening after February half term and our attendance initiatives continue to expand. Congratulations this week to Lola for a winning entry in the design a sign competition in collaboration with Newcastle United Foundation following on from the Year 6 visit in November. Lola has won 2 match day tickets for the Newcastle v' Everton game (it should be a good one)! Meanwhile our own football star Elisabeth and the Newcastle Under 11 girls team won both of their matches this week. Fingers crossed the Waverley Fencing team did well in the OWL (Outer West Learning Trust) competition on Friday evening.
As a whole school team we were thrilled to receive recognition for last years achievements from Catherine McKinnell (MP) who had been informed by the Department for Education. We will be sharing this letter on our latest news page so you can read it in full. We look forward to arranging her visit to school.
It is week 2 at Waverley and the 'Greatest Show' is about to role into Waverley. The excitement is building for the pantomime Cinderella. This whole school treat is not to be missed and is on Friday afternoon from 1pm until 2.30pm. Any nursery children who attend the front half of the school week are welcome to attend. Come in via the main entrance at 1pm and be collected from the Nursery door at the end of the day. At Waverley we are striving to keep the costs of clubs and trips as low as possible and this event will be fully paid for by the fundraising efforts of Friends of Waverley.
This week I joined Mrs Selkirk on a visit to Lemington Methodist Church. On a Tuesday morning from 9.15-11.15 there is tea/coffee/toast and marmalade available at no cost. They are also providing an amazing clothing service with school skirts/trousers in grey, white tops, shirts and blouses and school shoes. I even spotted a Sacred Heart blazer and skirts. There are baby clothes including warm furry all in ones which were gorgeous. There were everyday clothes, shoes and wellingtons. Toiletries are also available. THIS WAS ALL FREE AND SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UP TO 12 YEARS OLD. Please don't struggle, we recieved a very warm welcome. If the hardest thing will be going through the door we would go with you and if you want to go when it is a bit quieter then head there for about 10.30 as the rush is from 9.15.
Our clubs have started once again with Fencing, Football (year 5 and 6), Dodgeball and Rugby for information speak to Miss Edgar in the office.
Welcome back and Happy New Year. It has been a delight to listen to enthusiastic children sharing their Christmas news. Every child must have been amazingly brilliant all year judging by the fantastic gifts from Santa. There have been some beautiful new coats so make sure your child's name is inside. It is straight back to the full curriculum lessons so please remember PE kits, Waverley green T shirts and black shorts. All clubs begin next week with the exception of film club Friday which begins this week (11th Jan). Next week the pantomime will be at Waverley. We have funded this through Friends of Waverley Christmas raffle ticket sales and the design a Christmas card sale. All money raised via Friends of Waverley goes back to the children supplementing visits and visitors. Our next event will be a Valentine Disco (watch this space for ticket sales).
Autumn Term Second Half
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the KS2 Christmas Service at Sugley Church, it was amazing to see so much support. On return to school it was Christmas Dinner fun with crackers a plenty and teaching staff joining in lunch. School opens Monday 7th January. Everyone wishes you a peaceful Christmas.
How much can a school possibly fit into one week? Here we go...
We have had 2 Nativity performances of 'The Bossy King' for Year 1 and 2. 1 Dress Rehearsal (for the schoool) and 1 Nativity performance of 'The Sleepy Shepherd' for Reception class parents. We have had 1 'First Nativity' performance for Nursery parents. We have had Christmas Craft afternoon for years 3,4,5 and 6. We have had Christmas Craft afternoon for years 1 and 2. THEN, Reception class had their Christmas party. THEN we have had year 3,4,5 and 6 at the Northern Stage to watch 'A Christmas Carol'. The staff were super excited as we heard a past Waverley pupil was starring in it - well done Cooper McDonagh!
Thank you to all of you who joined in the craft sessions, so many of you shared your thanks and enjoyment of the various Nativity plays and a huge thank you for your patience as we safely escorted 4 coaches and 120 children safely into school and then handed them to yourselves. I am sure that on these dark cold evenings meeting the children in the classrooms and you all being fabulous about car parking and the efforts we all went to made this stress and hassle free for all.
Just in case you missed it being released this week on the gov.uk web page or the bbc news education page, 'click find and compare schools in England'. Select Newcastle upon Tyne followed by Primary Performance and you will see Waverley ranked as above average. We continue to move forward at a pace and I hope you have felt and seen the positive changes for yourselves. THANK YOU - WHAT A GREAT WEEK!
Thank you to all of the Nursery and Recpetion class parents and grandparents who joined in with the Early Years Christmas crafts on Monday this week. It was a lovely atmosphere and the children made some lovely things. I particularly liked the clay Rudolphs. On Tuesday morning I joined year 3 for a lesson on their current book 'Iron Man' the children took the roles of reporters and eye witnesses and there was some super interview questions from everyone. I can't wait to see the written articles. On Tuesday afternoon I joined Year 4 at Forest School with Sctoswood Rangers it was cold and frosty but we had a great time in the woods hunting for minibeasts, playing hiding games, a spot of tree hugging and on the way back everyone made snow angels - what a hoot! I join Year 6 tomorrow and can't wait to see the work they have been doing on 'A Christmas Carol'. Great Homework Year 5 as well. It was fascinating to see all the different front covers there have been for this book.
REMINDER SCHOOL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER TEACHER TRAINING DAY.
As a further response to the traffic around school particularly on wet, dark mornings and evenings we organised for the younger children in school to be reminded about road safety. The children all had a fun lesson with a serious message about keeping road safe. The children were pleased with their stickers to show they had taken park. At this time of year traffic seems to be particulalry heavy making it difficult to collect promptly when getting across the city from work. The children would always be looked after in the main entrance. We remind all older children that if a parent is not collecting and they are expecting to be collected to come into school and keep both warm and safe. The children in school were particulalry excited on Friday with the arrival of the school Christmas tree and the stage going up in the gym. We are so pleased we are able to perform this year following on from burst pipes and broken heating last year.
A slightly quieter week in school as we prepare for all the festive fun that December brings, despite this Y5 have been out to forest school in the rain deluge, year 2 have had a talk from the school nurse and year 4 have been on a trip to the temple (see class pages). Some school councillors and I showed our Lemington local councillors around the school as we continue to strengthen our links with the local community. As always the park was a hot topic of discussion with both the children and Mr Cook and Mr Webster.
It has been a very busy start to week 2. Our Year 2 class went out to the Discovery Musuem on Monday for a trip linked to the Great Fire of Newcastle (see class page). Mr Garrod launched Parliament Week with a fantastic assembly, the children were most put out during the vote processes which either included or excluded them based on varying factors. In classes this week we had many discussions about our local area and how it could be improved so that we could present this to the councillors when they visit school next week. I would like to thank Dior and Heidi for their part in the fantastic anti-bullying video that they made with the children in our OWL Trust. I hope to be able to share this via the video section of our website and if not through the OWL web page. The group made the video under the direction of Mr Thoburn. Most classes saw the video during anti-bullying week this week. As the week drew to a close our Year 5 enjoyed a 2 day visit to York, I can't wait to see the photographs and hear the stories from the children. Some Nursery children from the latter half of the week visited me to show me their fabulous work. Finally for this week congratulations must also go to Elisabeth who played in the Newcastle Under 11's girls league. The girls won again against Sunderland 1-0 and they are now through to the final in Liverpool in March. Yippee!
It was lovely to see everyone back safe and sound from half term. Year 5 and 6 have had a particularly busy week with Forest School for Year 5 and a visit from Zoolab for year 5 and 6. Thank goodness they did not leave any giant snails behind. Our Year 6 class visited the new NUFC centre at the top of Lemington. They took part in a tree planting ceremony alongside Catherine McKinnell MP and local councillors (see Catherine McKinnell website).
Due to a technical issue I was unable to update the Latest News section of the website from last half term, this has now been completed. The photos on our main home page will shortly be changing.
Autumn Term First Half 2018
This week we had photograph day, Halloween Discos, a Roman Day in Year 4, a Stone Age Day in Year 3, Duffy Football League (round two) and a Gymnastics competition. All of these extra curricular activities on top of the regular school day. No wonder everyone was ready to break up. For pictures and more information on what your child is up to in school weekly see Latest News page of website or click on Autumn 1 in the class page for your child. Congratulations to Elisabeth in Year 6 who represented Newcastle for a 3-0 win against East Northumberland girls team. Elisabeth had to get through 2 rounds of trials against all other nominated girls from all Newcastle schools in order to achieve her place on the team and I heard she had a brilliant match. We are all so excited and proud.
It was great to see so many of you attend an appointment for updates on how your child is progressing. If you still have not managed an appointment staff can give you a telephone call appointment, please ask. Forest school continued for Year 1 and we have had fantastic weather. Year 1 also visited Sugley church on Friday as part of their RE topic about a Christening. They took part in a service where they role played the baptism (see class web page). Year 5 also visited church where they learnt about significant religious items including the stations of the cross. A reminder that next Wednesday (24th October) is photo day in school and children will have their photograph taken individually and with siblings in school.
As can be seen from the latest news section of the website it has been a very busy week. On Tuesday morning Reception performed their Harvest songs for our Harvest Service with Father Neil from Sugley. In the afternoon Year 1 went out on Forest school. On Thursday year 1 had their trip to Newcastle Keep and Castle ruins as part of their History topic. The highlight of the day for me was the medieval banquest where the children were given a role to play for example Lords, Ladies, Jesters. The food taster for the King stole the show with his acting abilities as he died from poisoning. Luckily the Jesters came on next to make the Queen laugh. It was a quick dash back to school and then off to the first round of Duffy League football matches at Walbottle Campus. On Friday we had the first Outer West Trust competitions starting with Dodgeball. As always many children have been to visit me to show me how proud they are of their work and achievements. See you all next week for Parent Evening nights. We have childcare in the Rising 3 room whilst you have your appointment with the teacher and our Book Fair in Mrs Sample's office which is now located where the library was in the centre of school. Cuba Kids wrap around club will be in the Dining Hall and our Sports Club will still be running in the Gym. Halloween Disco tickets are also on sale from the office.
Our Year 2 class had a fantastic trip to Alnwick Castle on Monday please see Autumn 1 of the class webpage for photographs. We hope to upload the video of them all flying on broomsticks soon as it is brilliant! Half of the Year 1 class have been on Forest School today with dens and hammocks as part of the theme today. It was lovely for the children to lie back, relax and watch the clouds float by. Thanks Amber. Later this week we have road safety for Early Years and Key Stage 1 children and the nurse will also be in school talking about handwashing with reception and brushing teeth with Year 1. Congratulations to our Year 6 who have achieved a 100% homework return rate since the start of the year. Keep it up!
We had an absolutely fantastic turn out for our Macmillan coffee morning and I am delighted to inform you that together we raised £311 for Macmillan Cancer Research. Thank you to everyone who contributed cakes or bought cakes or joined us for a coffee and a chat. Some of you joined the Senior Leadership Team for a tour around school to see some of the changes that have taken place over the Summer. There will be a chance to view school during parents evening week in October. On Tuesday October 9th we will be having a Harvest Festival for our Reception class parents. We will be collecting items for the food bank and donations are welcome, anything from dried pasta, cereal, tins, toilet rolls and toiletries. From next week we will no longer be collecting any further red uniform items as we are now boxed and ready to send onto charity. Can I ask that Clown costumes are not purchased for the Halloween Disco a number of children have already expressed their fears following on from previous years clown incidents as reported in the news or viewed via social media. We are taking donations for Christmas Raffle prizes and our Friends of Waverley will be collecting items.
As the Great Exhibition of the North came to an end in Newcastle, the schools in the Outer West came together to mark this occassion. Year 5 and I went to Walbottle Campus where we were met by past Waverley pupils. The morning began with a parade of banners made by the children from the schools in our cluster. Each school then performed poems, dances and sketches. In between we had a sing song. Finally we all visited an exhibition of work produced by each school which was in the Gym. It was a lovely morning and as a group of heads within the OWL we continue to strenghten our collaborative work together.
Welcome back everyone. I would like on behalf of all the staff and Governors to say how fantastic the children looked in their new 'green uniform'. Thank you to all of those parents who noted our request for black, green or white hair accessories. Can we remind everyone that only stud earrings are allowed and these should be taped over if they cannot be removed. PE is Monday Y5/6, Tuesday Y3/4, Wednesday Y1/2 and Thursday for Reception.
It has been a very busy Summer with the fitting of our new boiler. We have new height appropriate tables and chairs for all of the children in the classrooms. We have moved our computer suite into the centre of school and this will store information texts so pupils can research online or by text. We have a new carpet in the Key Stage 2 corridor and new safety fire doors installed around school. We have secured our Nursery to main school access further by having this internally fobbed. We have a conference/meeting/class room where the computer suite was.
This week in school it has been important for the children to settle in and I am pleased to reiterate that Mrs McGovern will take Year 3 for the academic year following the resignation of Miss Clarke (see letter section of the website). We send congratulations to Mr Garrod following the birth of his daughter Hannah Alice on September 5th. We continue our specialist music tuition with Tardis Education and PE with Premier Sports. The Bishop of Whitby visited year 6 along with Father Neil and parishoners Sue and Edith this was part of the Pathway Mission to get people back into Church (see Year 6 class page). On Frdiay the now Year 2 class went to the Discovery Museum for their prize following their competition win as Year 1 at the end of the Summer. The children had a Science show along with four other winning schools (of which we were the youngest class) this was held by an old friend of Waverley Technology Tom. In the afternoon we were thrilled when Team Strike won first prize in the rocket design/launch category. The children won a class Science experiment pack. Mrs Leadbeater and I were thrilled as we were the youngest group and so many schools across the North East had taken part. Congratulations!
Summer Term 2018 (Second half)
It has been a busy final week with KS2 sports day, the Year 6 Prom/Disco, Y6 Church Service, The retirement of Mrs Watkins and the departure of our dinnerladies. Congratulations to our Year 1 children who on their Great Exhibition of the North Trip won the museum staffs favourite school for attitude, manners, learning and behaviour. They have won a 'Rocket Workshop' at the Discovery Museum on the 7th September. More details will follow the first week back. We have been thrilled that Hawthorn School have taken much of our classroom furniture our new desks and chairs have arrived and will be in rooms ready to start. Work on the new Learning Resource Centre room is going well and the team are on site for a 6 week build plan to replace the boiler system.
From all of the Waverley team have a fun in the sun Summer. See you all on Monday 3rd September when school is open as normal to the children (no training day). If you have any unwanted red uniform we shall be donating this to South Africa.
It has been an amazing week at Waverley. A fantastic set of SATs results for Year 6 with significant positive improvements in attainment and terrific progress scores from the last data capture point when the children were in Year 2. Not to be out done our Year 2, Phonic Results for Year 1, and Good Level of Development for our Reception children were also great. For our headline data information please click on the Key Information section of the website and the click on the School Performance Data tab.
Also this week Year 1 went on their Great Exhibition of the North Trip. The new Nursery intake for September 2018 had their first come and play session. Finally we had the 'Greatest Show on Earth' - the Year 6 leavers performance (for photos see the Latest News section of the website). Thank you to all of the children including the Year 5 and Jen from Tardis Education for music and technical support. Brilliant!
I was delighted to join Year 5 in the Banqueting Hall of the Civic Centre as we were invited and returned to sing for the Citizenship Ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor. The children were as nervous as the 15 citizens from around the world who were pledging their allegiance to Great Britain and the Queen in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle. The children sang a Beatles medley at the start and ended with A Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman. The children received rapturous applause and were highly praised by all for their contribution. An official photograph has been taken with the Lord Mayor which we will release when we receive it. Well Done Year 5.
Some fantastic writing from Reception class this week about the Circus. An interesting trip to the Great Exhibition for Year 6 followed by a play in the park.
This week has been truly amazing thank you to the team who joined me at the Isle of Wight and the team who stayed behind ensuring all ran smoothly at school. Please see the latest news section for a daily account of our trip and the beautiful photos.
Year 2 had a great time on their Heritage Trail trip around Newcastle, finishing with a visit to the Angel of the North. Don't forget the Great Exhibition of the North launches this weekend with fireworks on the Quayside on Friday. Year 1,3,4,5,6 all have workshops booked at the museums. We are really excited about seeing 'The Rocket' and the new water scultpure installed on the River Tyne just in front of the Sage. Mrs Sample will be running school with the team next week whilst I am with Year 6 in the Isle of Wight.
All of the children in Year 1 have worked extremely hard this week as they completed their phonic reading test. There were some tricky words to read this year, the children gave it their best. The pass threshold will be published in a few weeks. Most importantly it is to foster a love of reading and a desire to be able to read. Tests come and go but the memory of a great book does not at Waverley we continue to broaden the range of reading materials we have. In September we look forward to inviting you to view our Learning Resource Centre which will be a combination of computers for research and a non-fiction library / research section with comfy seating conducive to work. It is going to be a busy 6 week Summer again to be ready! On Friday 6 children form upper school were invited to Milecastle Primary as part of our continued work within the Outer West Learning Trust which was launched over 4 years ago. The focus was on technology and the workshop for the day was ran by GEMS. Feedback from all of the children who took part has been positive.
It is hard to believe we have completed week one already and only have 6 more until the Summer, we have so much to fit in! This week Captain Raggy Beard joined Year 1 to launch their seaside, Katie Morag topic. Year 3 have completed some amazing holiday homework projects. Reception class have made fantastic improvements with their throwing and catching skills with Premier Sports. We have some children who outside of school remain dedicated to their sport, well done Elisabeth fingers crossed for a place on Newcastle team this time around. Lockers have arrived for Year 4. Nursery had a bounceathon with the music playing and bouncy castle. We held our Year 6 Isle of Wight meeting for our 4 day residential. Continuing our modernisation and updates of school we released information regarding a new school jumper/cardigan for September and had a new more secure entry system installed. Once again I have had lots of children bringing me amazing work. Thank you to everyone for the positive supportive messages.(Photos to follow)
Summer Term 2018 (First half)
Following on from SATs last week for Year 6 our Year 2 children have also worked extremely hard to complete their tests to the best of their ability this week. As an end of week treat the children were allowed to bring a toy in and they enjoyed juice and biscuits. Well deserved Year 2. On Friday 'Captain Raggy Beard' came to school and led Reception children in a variety of fun filled activities. There were some fantastic costumes and they treat the school to their pirate cheer in our achiever assembly. A small group of our Year 3 and 4 children went to sing a selection of their VE day assembly songs at Southwark Court old peoples home in Fenham on Tuesday. This was due to both parents and grandparents seeing this assembly at school and discussing it with colleagues. Since this visit I have received a lovely email from the manager thanking the children for how happy it made the pensioners. I know this will be the beginning of future links with the home. Around school I have seen some amazing number formation work from Nursery children thanks to our new Ten Town initiative, the progress has surpassed our own expectations. Miss Moles class completed some moving poems about the precious things they would have in their special box, I have talked about this in a previous blog but it was lovely to see the boxes that they had made with photographs, footballs and unicorns to name a few items. School opens after half term on Monday 4th June for the children. Enjoy the week.
Today has been an amazing end to a busy week in school and I would like to thank all of you who attended our red, white and blue picnic. The whole school staff and children have been so respectful of Year 6 who completed their SATs tests under rigorous conditions this week and it was thanks to Warburtons for keeping them supplied with nutella toasted crumpets. Year 2 have been busy making their 'owl' sandwiches for the character of Plop from the Owl who was afraid of the dark. A final mention goes to the Year 1 and 2 curling team who came second in the outer west competition this afternoon (straight after the picnic). Is there ever a quiet week at Waverley? For pictures of all the events this week please go to the latest news section of the school website. Enjoy the wedding and the sunshine everyone.
Year 1 chidlren have been to Safety Works this week and when they returned on Friday I got to hear all about it as I am sure you all have at home. From 'Stop, drop and roll' if clothing catches fire to learning about safety at a Metro station to the Green Cross Code. Safety Works is ran by professionals across a range of services and each large room within the complex is mocked up (a bit like a film set) so that children feel they are there. The children could not wait to show me their stickers that they achieved and they all said they had a great time. Year 6 have been showing me their writing this week based around the book 'Wonder' with many of the children happy at the progress they have made individually. Mrs Sample and I observed some emotive English work about what children would put in a special box with happy memories of time with Nanna bringing a lump to all our throats. Next week we have SATs for Year 6 and I would like to thank Warburtons bakers for donating breakfast products to the school to keep Year 6 fuelled up. The children and staff have worked intensively all year and whatever the children achieve they could not have given anymore. In other news Mrs Selkirk returns to work full time next week following her phased return back to school, we are all relieved at how well she is now. We end next week with our 'Red, White and Blue' picnic for a bit of light relief after such an intense week. See you there. I hope Nursery make some more of that yummy pizza that we all had last week!
Children of all ages across school have been working together, helping to tidy and organise the school planters. Thanks to Julie for the donation of bunting, windmills and seeds to get us off to a pretty start. On Wednesday some of you may have heard a bell ringing in the Lemington area, this was part of a welcome from the local community to Father Neil Heslop the new priest at Holy Saviour Sugley. Mrs Sample, Mrs Tinning and I represented Waverley at this event. Since then Father Neil has visited school and met each class. We look forward to working together over the coming months and years. My earlier blogs have talked about the 'Doomspell' English work the Year 4 children completed and their subsequent author visit. During the last holiday many of the children completed holiday project work which has been displayed in school. Having sent photos to Mr McNish (author of Doomspell) he has requested their work for his London office. Well done Year 4.
Today I joined Year 3 and 4 on the third day of their residential trip to Broomley Grange. Trips for most children are fun but a residential is more than this. Residentials mean we can create both lasting memories and diverse experiences that enhance learning through adventures. As well as the health and physical benefits residentials can have a positive effect on emotional well being with self-esteem, confidence and resilience through activities that can challenge fear and bring elation on completion. The importance of allowing children to explore a new environment, take responsibility for themselves with minimal obvious adult direction is significant. Many of the children will have learnt so much more about themselves and their class peers, some will have formed new friendships or widenend the friendship groups that they have through a shared experience. Well Done to you all. For my pictures from today see the Latest News section of the website.
Many children have been busy over the Easter holiday with school work. Year 4 have completed some amazing projects as they conclude their 'Doomspell' work. It is amazing to see their interpretation of various aspects of the book. You are welcome to have a look they are displayed on the corridor leading to the gym. Many year 6 children kept their brains buzzing in preparation for their SATs tests with lots of raffle tickets being awarded. It was lovely to see so many children enjoy the Easter Disco the atmosphere was super and we had lots of fun. On Friday morning the children who have achieved 100% attendance since September to Easter enjoyed a magic show and games with Parties R Us. Week 2 is the Broomley Grange trip and we will try to keep you updated through the latest news section of the website and via text.
Spring Term 2018 (Second half)
Week 6 and 7
The final two weeks of this half term were extremely busy and we are grateful as always to the huge support we have from parents. One of the highlights to this half term had to be the Year 3 and 4 VE Day Assembly and Street Party. The songs had us laughing and crying, the costumes were outstanding and the children had worked hard to learn their lines. It was such an amazing turn out from families with lots of grandparetns joining us, whilst converting from an assembly to a street party during a refreshment break was not without challenge, everyone showed true community spirit and helped us turn it around. We were so grateful for the food contributions from everyone including parents, Tesco and Dickinson Pies. This event was one which each child will remember well into their future.
In summary for sport we had a fencing tournament and came second, a dodgeball tournament and came fourth and it was the final set of matches for the 2017/18 season for our football team where we came joint third with Westerhope school. Year 4 were visited by the author Cliff McNish who they first began communicating with when they read his book 'Doomspell'. It was so exciting to have answered all of the questions they had about both Doomspell and 'The Scent of Magic' which was book two from this trilogy. Mr McNish led the children on a fantasy writing workshop, read extracts from his book and answered questions to name just a few activities completed that day. In Year 6 our children completed the book 'Wonder' just in time for the DVD release and as a last day treat they watched the film. I read the book over the Easter weekend and cried from Chapter 1 onwards - it was totally brilliant. The Easter egg competition is another highlight in the school calendar I love to see all of the amazing ideas the children come up with - thank goodness I don't have to decide on the winners from each year group. This year that role fell to Mr McNish and Mrs Redhead. Thank you to everyone who attended parents consultation, if you missed it please contact the class teacher.
Finally I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Sample and Mrs Selkirk will be back after Easter on phased returns from their surgery. Summer Term is set to be busy with SATs for Year 6 and Year 2, Phonic Reading Tests for Year 1, Swimming lessons for Year 4, Tag Rugby for Year 3, Broomly Grange for Year 3 and the Isle of Wight for Year 6 and the Great Exhibition of the North for the Whole School. We still have a small number of places available in our Rising 3 and Nursery for September 2018, for further information speak to the office or contact email@example.com
You may have read on Chronicle Live regarding a bomb hoax to Newcastle Schools today. Waverley followed Police / LA advice. All is well at school and there is no need to panic, we continue the day as normal.
It has been another busy week for events at Waverley. Our Year 5 children have visited Sunderland Winter Gardens as part of their Rainforest work and prior to their visit the children shared some great sketches of rainforest animals. As always I have huge numbers of children coming to show me their fantastic achievements in and out of school. Photos will appear later as I am having some technical problems with my I-Pad. Today lots of Year 1 and 2 parents came and read with their children. Tomorrow it is the turn of Reception and there will be an opportunity to see Read, Write, Inc in action. Mrs Selkirk has had her spinal surgery and has begun her recovery. In the absence of both Mrs Sample and Mrs Selkirk please see the class teacher in the first instance or check my diary with the office. Sadly our football matches were cancelled tonight and we hope these fixtures will be re-arranged by the end of March. A reminder if you haven't yet done so please book an appointment to see your childs class teacher in the final week of this term. Tomorrow we have an OWL Trust fencing competition and we have a number of sporting Trust events coming up. Coming up we have the Year 3 and 4 VE assembly and street party to bring an end to their World War 2 topic. New things to look out for - we will be launching a new weekly bulletin for parents which will come out by email in a further attempt to improve communication from school to home. I am currently re-writing our school dinner menus in collaboration with the school cook and dinner ladies before I meet with the Local Authority to negotiate getting our children their meals of choice, I shall keep you updated on this. Fingers crossed the 'Beast from the East' part 2 passes through quickly this weekend.
WEEK 3 - WAVERLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL OPEN ON MONDAY 5TH MARCH
WEEK 2 - WAVERLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON FRIDAY 2ND MARCH
WEEK 2 - WAVERLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON THURSDAY 1ST MARCH
WEEK 2 - WAVERLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY TODAY WEDNESDAY 28TH FEBRUARY
Week 2 - SCHOOL OPEN 27.2.18
Welcome back we hope you all had a nice half term break. School was busy as usual with workmen and we have had all water heater boilers and taps changed in classrooms and the KS2 girls toilets meaning we can all have hot water when we wash our hands now. We continue to liaise with the city regarding the school central heating system, this is a big job and we have everything crossed it will go ahead in the Summer holidays. Our computer systems have been further security upgraded. We have a busy half term coming up with parental events. exciting learning opportunities for the children and ending with parents consultation. Other school updates include the absence of Mrs Selkirk as she awaits surgery in the next 2 weeks and the recuperation of Mrs Sample following surgery. Whilst I remain trying to fit in with parent need at this time may I remind you that the class teacher is also available if there is anything you need to discuss. The office may request further information from you in order to direct you to the right member of staff for this next half term. Many of you have been concerned regarding attendance letters received and holiday being unauthorised as an OWL Trust group of schools we have worked together on this issue, since 2012 Waverley has not authorised holiday for pupils and this was in line with Government guidance from 2006 which was amended in 2012. Next week we have 'Come and Read' sessions for Reception, Year 1 and 2 this is an opportunity to read in school with your child as part of Book Week and a chance to hear about class work including our new spelling system and Read, Write, Inc for those less familiar with this approach. Invention designs for the Great Exhibition of the North have been coming in rapidly and a reminder this closes on March 16th. I have had a revolving door of visitors this week from an Eiffel Tower made from Jigsaw pieces to a Brownie badge, to a fantastic and hilarious story about 'Uncle Awesome', lots of story writing with a twist from the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs to the Queen of the Kingdom, as well as a workbook of English, Maths and Art from Molly (all completed at home). In school I had counting in two's from a Reception pupil, Fraction work from Year 2 and maths in our new maths workbooks, and a scripted interview from Year 3 between a police officer and an eye witness.
Spring Term 2018 (First Half)
Our Year 3 and 4 children and staff represented the school fantastically well on their visit to Eden Camp in North Yorkshire, despite freezing cold snowy conditions. The children have shared their favourite experiences from the visit with me. We are all grateful to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Waverley who helped subsidise the cost of this trip. Coaches being the biggest expense. This visit prepared them well for a visit by Ron a war time evacuee who had many interesting stories to share and who took delight in the huge number of questions he was asked.
If you haven't heard The Great Exhibition of the North is coming to Newcastle from June to September. This is a once in a lifetime experience and the theme is innovation. There will be lots happening in the city centre and on the Quayside during this time and Waverley like many schools in the city will be part of it. This week in assembly I launched the Little Inventors competition which closes in March (16th). The 5 winning entries will actually be made. All other entries will form part of a power point presentation which will run in one of the museums. Entries can be uploaded straight from tablets, alternatively you can take a picture of your drawn entry and upload or you can draw it on paper first. Entries can be brought into school for us to upload if anyone has technical difficulties. The theme is 2030 and what the world will be like then. What will we wear, do for fun, how will we travel? The children struggled with the idea of a black and white television with no remote control and even worse no mobile phones!
Mrs Sample continues to make steady progress with her recovery from surgery and as I type this blog I await an update on Mrs Selkirk who was to have spinal surgery at February half term and whether this will go ahead or be postponed due to other NHS needs. I will update you all when I know more. However, all of her work and caseloads were handed across to myself and Miss Broderick just in case.
Mrs Sample popped in over lunch time on Tuesday to see the staff and year 6 children, she is not allowed to drive at the moment and continues to recuperate. It was lovely to see her at February half term Mrs Selkirk will have spinal surgery and there will be more regarding this and how her work will be managed in a newsletter next week. World, War 2, The Three Little Pigs, Fantasy writing, Nursery letter formation homework and the start of a campaign that I will be launching with the children next week. It is always busy.
The pantomime came to Waverley on Friday afternoon for a production of Robin Hood. The children had a fantastic time. There has been a range of great work across the school and Year 4 in particular are loving reading Doomspell. There has been some super writing as a result. In year 5 there has been poetry rehearsal and performance about a Tiger. Up in year 6 they have been reading Wonder and working on scripts. The Chinese Fortune Teller who visited from Year 4 had positive up beat messages to share.
Andy Murray may have been out of action but our own Waverley tennis star has continued her rise through the ranks with more medals to add to the Blue Peter Badge for Sport. We would love the character below to be our new Waverley mascot it is hard to believe it is made from a Waverley jumper, amazing!
It has been exciting seeing school return to normal with the Gym now back in use. PE lessons can run as normal and our after school clubs can begin again. This week our new Performing Arts Club got off to a super start. It has been in such demand that we are extending this club into a Friday after school and letters have been handed out to include Year 3 and 4. Up in Year 3 and 4 the History topic is well under way in preparation for an exciting trip to Eden Camp. One of our Year 4 pupils brought in the most amazing original artefacts which had belonged to her great granddad. We were all in awe of the hand drawing on how to load the tank gun. It was poignant to read the haunting words of 'don't get killed, don't kill anyone'. Also this week a group of our Year 6 children took part in a 'City of Dreams' workshop. Together they worked with all of our OWL Trust schools to help shape future work with the Sage, Theatre Royal and schools over the next 10 years. There was much excitement up in Year 6 with the arrival of lockers - very grown up. A reminder that if school is closed due to extreme weather then parents would be informed by the school text alert system, a notice would be placed on the website under latest news and my blog page and on the school calendar, the council would also ensure local media were informed using schools secure passwords.
Happy New Year. School re-opens to the children for lessons as usual on Monday 8th January 2018.
Further updates, Mrs Sample has undergone surgery in the Christmas holidays, this has gone well and to plan she is home, resting and beginning her recovery. There will be no sports club next week the 8th - 12th January whilst the flooring is re-laid in the gym. We have spaces available in our delightful Rising 3 class which is open Monday to Friday 8.55 to 12, please see Mrs Douse if you are interested in a place. Mrs Brickwood welcomes visits from younger children and parents before they begin to help them settle in.
Autumn Term 2017 (Second Half)
It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents join us for both out Key Stage 1 Christmas Craft event and our Christmas Carol Service at Sugley Church. Thank you to the Choir, readers and my two technicians you all did a great job. My thanks must also go to the catering staff in the kitchen who dished up a delicious Christmas dinner for the children and provided a range of festively decorated biscuits for those who did not want Christmas pudding.
This week we had our final visit for the term from the Local Authority, this remains positive and forward moving. Many of you have commented positively on some of the changes such as our move to single year groups, we will endeavour to maintain this. We currently have a vacancy for a parent Governor, this is a voluntary, unpaid role and there is a minimum requirement of attending one evening meeting a term, please speak to Angela Tinning (Chair of Governors) if you are interested. It was another super turn out from parents and grandparents for the Key Stage 2 Christmas Craft event. The school community events have been popular this term and we will aim to continue events through Spring term. Thank you to Mrs Lamb for her talk to classes in school on hand washing as a practicing nurse she gave her time voluntarily to school. Help us to stamp out any sickness bugs by adhering to the 48 hour rule following the last bout of sickness.
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who joined us in Early Years today for our Christmas Craft event. There was a huge range of activities for everyone to join in with. It was wonderful to see so many Christmas jumpers and happy faces. Pipe work is now complete and we await the trenches in the Gym to be filled and flooring re-laid. As in my previous letter we will aim to have a magician or pantomime in school in the Early Spring. We shall also aim to hold some 'special' assemblies for parents during the Spring term. Church and craft events will continue to take place. Parties will depend on work completion and I shall up date everyone next week. Can I remind everyone that Novo virus has swept through both children and staff. Children should be kept off school for 48 hours from the last time they were unwell.
Week 4 and 5
I hope you all had the opportunity to see my letter regarding Nativity performances. I have had to make the decision to cancel performances which were due to be held in school due to the Gym being out of use whilst the floor has been lifted to try and trace a significant leak which is impacting on heating loss and other complications within school. Every pupil will receive a selection box treat and we will have other treats for everyone in the Spring Term. Congratulations to one of our pupils who triumphed in her Irish dancing at the weekend with a number of jigs and reel performances. We continue to work alongside Valour teaching school alliance and the Year 1 class were treat to a fantastic 'Snowman and Snowdog' Talk for Writing session. Year 4 have been working hard on their six times table. Keep up the good work everyone.
It was lovely to see so many of you join us in school for our creative craft event. As a staff we were overwhelmed by the support you gave to this event. There were so many amazing T. Shirts painted on the day. A collection of photos will be placed on the Latest News section of the school website and a display will be in the school corridor, we look forward to opening the doors again for future events. All of the children looked super for Children in Need on Friday, more photos also on the latest news section of the website.
It has been another busy week at Waverley. It has been Book Fair all week, Year 5 and 6 have been to Darlington Railway Museum and we have had school photographs. I have had lots of visitors to my office from year 4 poetry, year 3 dialogue writing for Beowulf, year 5 fronted adverbials to an amazing writing effort from a nursery pupil to a first ever trampoline competition trophy. Well done everyone. Next week it is our family craft event on Wednesday 15th from 2pm. Don't worry if you have more than one child in school we have a number of areas where you can complete the craft activity together as a family. On Friday 17th it is Children in Need day with a 'Do your thing' theme, the children can wear non-uniform for a £1 donation to the charity. See you Wednesday!
It has been a fantastic week at Waverley. It began with Early Years having their own Halloween Fancy Dress Day (see photos on class pages) followed by the Halloween Disco for the rest of school, as usual the costumes and make-up were truly amazing! (See pictures on Latest News section of the website). There has been some fantastic work as usual and the children have quickly settled into their year group classes. I have had lots of visitors with fantastic maths work. On Thursday night I was proud to support our Waverley football team in the Duffy League Newcastle school cup. We lost the first game to Hilton but won the second game against St. Marks with some super goals from Ethan and Kyle, it was Kit-Kats and Juice as our after match treat, we currently remain 3rd in the League on 9 points with the leaders on 12, next matches are in 2018. On Friday I had a real treat when I joined Year 5 and 6 for their Dragons Den inspired homework presentations. I was amazed by the many fantastic ideas from the 'Day to Night' shoe, 'Born Ready' pyjamas to the SSVH safety driving hat and for those of you who are particularly scared of spiders calling in 'SCS' will be a must! Thank you children and parents, (see latest news and class pages for the pictures). This week school attendance has hit National Average and we had our first half termly prize draw there were two £5 Intu vouchers up for grabs for the children and a 'family hamper courtesy of Vision for Education - see the photos below for winners. Next week a reminder that Year 5 and 6 are visiting Darlington Railway Museum on Tuesday and children are allowed to arrive at school from 8.30 to be registered so that they are away from school promptly for the trip. Also on Wednesday it is school photograph day (children individually and with siblings who are in school). Our annual Book Fair will also be taking place every night after school, so as usual it is another busy week.
Autumn Term 2017 (First Half)
Thank you to so many of you who attended Parents Evening this week. We are busy collating the responses from the Parent View Questionnaire and will share the outcome of this next half term. A reminder that Monday 30th is a Training Day and we will see everyone on October 31st. Reception can come to school wearing their Halloween costume for a day of spooky fun in Early Years. The rest of school it will be uniform as normal and costumes galore in the evening for our Halloween Disco night. I heard some great poem raps from Year 6 this week which we then shared with the whole school. I particularly loved the beat boxing, 'Brothers' and 'Who do you want to be?', I noticed Head teacher wasn't on the list of jobs!
Hopefully tonight the children will have come home from school full of excitement about our new 'Attendance Heroes' initiative. This is a reward system for children who attend school daily and on time. On a weekly basis children who attend school daily and on time will be allowed to select a treat at the end of the week from Mrs Leeming's attendance hero shop, for example key rings and slime. Children who attend school on time and daily for a full half term will get to select a treat from the next shop level, for example a Fidget spinner, Squashems, Hatchimal collectable. At the end of a term children who attend school daily and arrive on time will receive a final treat, for example a trip to the cinema. Finally any children who achieve a full year of 100% attendance and on time (this was 36 children last year) they will receive an extra special trip, for example Beamish Museum. We aren't forgetting parents either and 'Vision' for Education supply teaching agency will be providing half termly hamper wins for parents drawn from the hat and a termly voucher for parents also drawn from the hat. There will also be a reward from Vision for the pupil with the most improved attendance. Finally at the end of the academic year there will be a prize draw between schools in the city with Vision to win a prize such as an I-pad mini. We are starting this week for the weekly prizes and will back date to September any for the first half term. Thank you to the Year 5 and 6 school councillors who helped with picking what the first layer of shop treats will be. Get those alarm clocks ready.
Other news. This week we have had a very exciting maths event for children in KS2 where they had to solve the mathematical problems and win crystals, everyone had a fantastic time and the photos will be going onto the Latest News section of the school website. This afternoon Mrs Sample and I popped down to Sugley Church to display the 'Autumn Thoughts' creation for Sugley Church flower festival. The Church is open all weekend and some children will be visiting Church early next week. Whilst England and Slovenia play football this evening my thoughts have been with the Waverley football team who had their first games of the season at Walbottle Campus as part of the Duffy League Football competition. I can't wait to hear how they got on in the morning.
It is always exciting to hear about what the children are doing outside of school and our Monday assembly was filled with football, dance and swimming awards. We were very excited to hear about two of our children getting to meet Tim Peake the astronaut, back on planet Waverley our new school councillors were given their badges and have taken on their new role with plenty of ideas for all of the children. Our garden has harvested some bumper vegetables this year and I would like to thank the parents who helped Mr Roberts and the children on a Monday lunch time, our cook is running out of ideas for marrows. It was great to see so many of you signing up and joining Mrs Douse and Mr Lamb for the first Friends of Waverly meeting. Many of the Year 6 children have been telling me about their visit to Walbottle Campus for their open evening and how much they enjoyed the visit. Some great work from Mr Roberts class this week linked to their text 'Stig of the Dump'. We have lots happening next week but I shall not spoil the fun...
Shiver me timbers, it was talk like a pirate day in school on Tuesday and there was plenty of fun to be seen around school. Mrs Miller did a super job of organising this day for everyone. I was sad to be out of school as I had been polishing up my best pirate phrases.
This week children in each class have been discussing with their peers why they would like to be a school councillor. On Thursday we will be announcing who has been voted into these roles so that their work can begin. On Tuesday our Ofsted report was published and there is both a letter and a link on the Ofsted page of the school website, there is an opportunity on Thursday and again in a couple of weeks time to chat with us about this (see Calendar page of website). It will soon be time for Year 6 parents to apply to a secondary school for their child and there are a number of open events at many of our feeder schools (see Calendar page of website).
Welcome back. It has been lovely catching up with all of the children this week. On Tuesday I visited every class to welcome all the children and to see them in their new classroom with their new teachers. The children looked so smart in their uniforms and there was a lot of excited chatter as we all caught up on each others holiday news. It was nice to see some new children join our school and as always how quickly they have settled and made friends. Over the Summer our school garden has been in full bloom and our sunflowers have grown to a huge height. We have grown a giant marrow which would surely win a prize at an allotment show. Already I have been visited by a number of children to see their early writing efforts in their new year group.
As always we have lots of exciting events planned across the year. For parents of Year 5 and 6 children many of our feeder secondary schools are hosting open events in September so please check the calendar page.